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Willa Cather A True Pioneer of Her Time Willa Cather was a great American author who helped influence the womans suffrage movement through many of her writings Her stories explain what life was like for women of her day and how a persons surroundings affect their entire life So sit back and enjoy the life of The True Pioneer Willa Cather On December 7 1871 Willa Siebert Cather was born in Winchester VA When Cather was nine her family moved to her grandfathers farm in the Nebraska frontier Cathers mother had very poor health so Willa was left primarily alone She spent most of her time riding horses and exploring the frontier Cather did not go to school but she read the Bible aloud to her grandmother In 1884 Cathers family moved to Red Cloud Nebraska where she absorbed what was to become much of the material for her later fiction Such as O Pioneers and My Antonia Also Red Cloud would become the background for all of her western towns in her novels Fogel World Book When Cather was 11 she finally began going to school One of her older friends William Ducker tutored Cather in Latin and Greek when she was in her early teens Also Cather took piano from a professor Shindelmeisser who became a character in one of Cathers books His character was Professor Wunsch in the book The Song of the Lark Cather throughout her teens became more and more of a tomboy even at one point cutting her hair as short as the boys in her school But when Willa was 16 she left Red Cloud for a Latin school in Lincoln Nebraska One year later Cather entered the University of Nebraska In 1893 she began a regular Sunday column in the Nebraska State Journal which she called The Passing Show which ran from 1893-1900 During this time she also wrote play reviews for the Journal and
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